Doctor Strange, Then and Now

April 13, 2016

The first Doctor Strange trailer launched today with great fanfare. Check it out above.

In previous weeks, there have been pics floating around online of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, out in the streets of New York, and in a comic book store, shooting footage and surprising fans.

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Shooting wrapped earlier this month and with the new trailer, fans are pretty stoked.  Although I’m still uncomfortable with the fact that The Ancient One is being played by Tilda Swinton, who is neither Asian, nor male, for that matter, the trailer still looks impressive.

But…

Will the new Doctor Strange film match the 1978 film?

Information you will never find on IMDB, hidden in the recesses of YouTube (because EVERYTHING ends up on YouTube, and we mean EVERYTHING), is the full length Doctor Strange movie, released in 1978, and it plays like something out of a 70’s acid trip, especially when the film goes into the astral plane.

Hopefully the one coming up will be easier to watch, but we wonder how it’s going to fold into the rest of MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe’s) plans.  We already know, from experience, that the timeline of the films and television shows exist on the same universal plane (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, and Jessica Jones have made reference to the Manhattan incident from the 2012 “The Avengers” film and the Sokovia Incident – aka the Falling City in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, released in 2015).  Will the two ever come to a head?  Since Doctor Strange was a member of The Defenders comic, there may be a possibility, but we won’t know more, unless future trailers hint at it, or when the film comes out.

Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released in US cinemas on November 4th, 2016.

For more on who Doctor Strange is, check out the video below.